Book of Revelation is not the revelation of John, but
of Jesus Christ.
1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God
gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must
shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel
unto his servant John.
of divine truth must come by Jesus Christ.
- Revelation (or an
understanding of truth) is a divine property, and ownership has
not been relinquished to any man. Ownership implies control and
management. God can give to whom He desires or withhold from whom
- Many in religion
are, as the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:7, "ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." It
is God's desire that we come to a knowledge of Truth.
Timothy 2:4 states, "Who will have all men to be saved, and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth." Truth does not
come though human means, only through divine revelation.
- In Job 32:8 Elihu
acknowledged the same truth mentioned in Revelation 1:1. He said,
"The Almighty giveth them understanding."
Both of these Scriptures speak of truth as a property given.
order to understand the symbols that are used in the Revelation,
we must have a key. It is necessary that we have keys to everything.
Without keys our vaults, our automobiles, and our homes would
remain locked. Jesus said in Revelation 1:18,
"I . . . have the keys of hell and of death." He has
the keys to all eternal things. He said in John 13:3 that the
Father put all things into His hands. In Revelation 3:7, we read
of Jesus, ". . . he that hath the key of David . . . openeth;
and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."
- Paul said that God
"will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Beyond salvation, there is much
truth to be understood about the Revelation.
The above excerpts are from the following study materials:
to Pour Out the Vials and Winepress
of the Wrath of God
by Bro. Emerson Wilson
Book of Revelation Explained, Volume 1
by Earl R. Borders